My daughter's best friend is bananas for bananas so I was eager to give this recipe from The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook a try. It's amazing how much roasting the bananas intensifies their flavor. The original recipe is assembled in a trifle bowl, but I simplified the presentation by serving mine in mini glass pie plates. The pudding can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the fridge if wrapped well with plastic wrap, which should touch the surface of the pudding. Just before serving, garnish with vanilla wafers and freshly whipped cream that's been lightly sweetened with sugar and pure vanilla extract. You might also garnish with a few slices of banana. Banana chips might be a nice addition.
Note: Use slightly underripe bananas for this recipe. If you have overripe bananas to use, check out the recipe for my To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting.
Roasted Banana Pudding
makes 12 servings
3 slightly underripe medium bananas (about 1 pound)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
8 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons cornstarch
6 cups half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Garnish: vanilla wafers, whipped cream, and sliced bananas
Preheat oven to 325F.
Roast bananas on a lined half sheet pan for about 20 minutes (the skins will turn completely black).
In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar with the egg yolks and cornstarch until smooth; set aside.
In a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the half-and-half, remaining sugar, and salt to a simmer.
Whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture into the egg yolk mixture; whisk well to combine.
Pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan to combine with the remaining half-and-half mixture.
Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and starts to bubble.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and lemon juice.
Pour thickened pudding base into a large food processor and add the peeled roasted bananas; process until smooth.
Pour mixture into individual serving dishes and cover with plastic wrap being sure wrap touches pudding surface.
Chill completely before serving.
adapted from The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook